Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

20 November 2020 to 16 January 2021

The exhibition presents the work of contemporary Australian artists who utilise craft-based materialities with a political intent.

Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms into the realm of activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members or require participatory activation through collective processes.

Drawing on a long historical lineage, Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms enables viewers to rethink craft in a new light.

A Shepparton Art Museum curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria.

Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.


Anna Briers and Rebecca Coates

Jemima Wyman
Propaganda textiles—Washington, Pink Bloc protester at Gay Pride in Copacabana, 13th October 2013 (detail) 2016-17
custom made fabric book: Minky, Hot Pink Brazil 10-13, ed. 2/6 + 2 AP, 40.5 x 45.5 x 2.5cm
© the artist, courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney / Singapore and Milani Gallery, Brisbane


Hiromi Tango Amygdala - Healing Garden Workshops image

Hiromi Tango's Amygdala—​Healing Garden brings together ideas of focusing on nature to help restore a state of calm and health with the protective factors of strengthening social connections, and meditative art-making processes.

Jemima Wyman - Propaganda textiles

A fully illustrated catalogue featuring a curatorial introduction and three commissioned texts by David Cross, Jessica Bridgfoot and Amelia Winata is available to purchase from the Gallery for $12.